The University Record, February 21, 2000

President announces membership of two commissions

By Jane R. Elgass

President Lee C. Bollinger announced last week the membership of two commissions he has formed, one focusing on academic planning with respect to the undergraduate experience and the other on academic planning with respect to the relationship between the University and the information revolution.

When he announced formation of the commissions in January, he noted that while there have been many improvements over the past decade in undergraduate programs, there are questions the University should be asking itself about further enrichment of the undergraduate experience.

These questions cover such issues as recruiting, financial aid resources and policies, the mix of resident and non-resident students, expansion of learning communities, integration of research and education, residence halls for upper level students and the integration of such “public goods” as libraries and museums into students’ educational experiences.

Noting that “the exponential increase in human communication may have, and many certainly believe will have, profound consequences for our world,” he identified three fundamental issues related to the information revolution that must be addressed:

  • Whether the University in its research and teaching is appropriately addressing such issues as the consequences for nation states, the potential alterations in human behavior and consciousness, the creation of the underlying technology.

  • How the technology should be used in teaching, research and public service.

  • Whether some of the University’s attention and resources should be directed to distance learning.

    Commission on the Undergraduate Program

    The Commission on the Undergraduate Program will be chaired by Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Nancy Cantor, and will include the following individuals:

    Deborah Ball, professor of education; Carol Boyd, associate professor of nursing and associate research scientist, Substance Abuse Research Center; Stephen Darwall, professor and chair, Department of Philosophy; Jane Dutton, the William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration, professor of organizational behavior, human resource management and corporate strategy, and associate professor of psychology;

    Lorraine Gutierrez, associate professor of social work and of psychology; Philip Hanlon, professor of mathematics; Royster Harper, interim vice president for student affairs; Antonio Henry, student, Inteflex Program; Ken Ito, associate professor of Japanese language and literature; Timothy Johnson, the Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children, professor and chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, professor of women’s studies, and research scientist, Center for Human Growth and Development;

    J. Wayne Jones, associate dean of undergraduate education, College of Engineering, and professor of materials and metallurgical engineering; Bobbi Low, professor of natural resources; Lester Monts, associate provost for academic affairs and professor of music (ethnomusicology); Rashad Nelms, student, LS&A; Shirley Neuman, dean, LS&A, and professor of English language and literature and of women’s studies;

    Martin Philbert, assistant professor of toxicology; Richard Rogel, alumnus, Business Administration, ’70, and president, Alumni Association; Bryan Rogers, dean and professor of art, School of Art and Design; Ann Marie Sastry, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics; David Scobey, director, Arts of Citizenship Program, and associate professor of architecture.

    Additional student members will be announced at a later date.

    Commission on the Information Revolution

    The Commission on the Information Revolution will be co-chaired by Stephen Director, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of the College of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and by John King, dean, School of Information and professor of information.

    It will include the following individuals: Susan Alcock, associate professor of classical studies; Brian Athey, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, and of art; John Seely Brown, M.S. '64, Ph.D. '72, vice president and chief scientist, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center; Paul Courant, associate provost-academic and budgetary affairs, professor of economics and professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; John Evans, A.B. ’66, chairman and CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co.;

    David Featherman, director, Institute for Social Research, and professor of psychology and of sociology; C. Olivia Frost, professor and associate dean, School of Information; Michael Gordon, professor and chair, Computer and Information Systems, School of Business Administration; Josť-Marie Griffiths, university chief information officer, executive director, Information Technology Division, and professor of information;

    Farnam Jahanian, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Pramod Khargonekar, professor and chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Kerry Larson, senior associate dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and associate professor of English language and literature; Jonathan Levine, associate professor of urban planning;

    Wendy Lougee, associate director for digital library initiatives, University Library; Shirley Neuman, dean, LS&A, and professor of English language and literature and of women’s studies; Nichole Pinkard, assistant professor of education; Lawrence Root, director, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, and professor of social work; James Steward, director, Museum of Art, assistant professor of art history and of art; B. Alan Taylor, professor and chair, Department of Mathematics; Fawwaz Ulaby, vice president for research and the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering.

    Membership of the commissions is not final. Given the breadth of the charges, additional members may be appointed, and subcommissions established, as the commissions work out the best approach to the complex tasks before them.

    Questions concerning the Commission on the Undergraduate Program may be directed to Linda Gillum in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, lgillum@umich.edu. Questions concerning the Commission on the Information Revolution may be directed to Gary Krenz in the Office of the President, gdkrenz@umich.edu.